We need the fans to be our 12th man, says Tomi Juric
Australia striker Tomi Juric is banking on home comforts in the decisive second leg of their FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia Intercontinental Play-off after the Socceroos were held to a goalless draw in Honduras on Friday.
Ahead of the first leg in San Pedro Sula, the word from coach Ange Postecoglou was of a tough test in challenging conditions Socceroos’ Experience Will Negate Hostile Honduras Crowd, Says Postecoglou against a team that would be difficult at home.
However, it was Australia who bossed proceedings, dominating possession and creating the majority of the goal-scoring opportunities, with Juric himself having several chances to break the deadlock.
“Without a doubt we’re disappointed,” said the FC Luzern forward. “I think we had a few opportunities tonight we didn’t put away and would’ve made the game a whole lot different.”
“It would’ve put it in our favour, but football is one of those games where anything can happen on the day.
“If you play with a lot of passion, and these guys have that, anything can happen. So we’ve got to take the next game very seriously and get the job done at home.”
To do so, Juric insisted, the Socceroos will need all the help they can get from their supporters at Stadium Australia on Wednesday.
“Without a doubt we need them as a 12th man, it would be great if we could get a full house,” he added.
“The atmosphere in Honduras was great, at times it was hard to communicate with each other due to the crowd noise, which at times you don’t get at home, so I hope when we come to Sydney we’ll have something similar.
“Something like the noise and atmosphere at the AFC Asian Cup because this is a very big occasion, and I would be very disappointed if the fans missed out on us going to Russia.”